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George Takei to receive LGBT advocacy leadership award

Thursday, August 22, 2013

MIAMI — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has announced that Star Trek actor George Takei will receive the 2013 National Leadership Award.

George Takei and husband Brad Altman.

Takei will receive the award at the 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner, which is scheduled for Nov. 9 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The dinner honors individuals for their contributions to the social, cultural, political and humanitarian needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Takei has appeared in more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles. He is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” television series.

Takei — who married his life partner of more than 25 years, Brad Altman, in 2008 — has become an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights in recent years.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by this wonderful organization that has been fighting for LGBT equality for the past four decades,” Takei said in a statement. “It is a privilege to be part of an event like the 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner that raises money for multiple organizations serving our community.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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33 more reader comments:

  1. yay!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:14pm
  2. Yay! Well-deserved. George Takei is a superb advocate!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:15pm
  3. we luv you George!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:17pm
  4. Can I get a love button for this?!?

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:18pm
  5. Takei supports Russia LGBT hate law Boycott!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:19pm
  6. Congrats George! We love you!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:22pm
  7. Well-deserved.

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:27pm
  8. Yes, well deserved!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:32pm
  9. George Takei is just an awesome person period

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:40pm
  10. Hooray!!! :) Congratulations and sincere thanks, George! :)

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:41pm
  11. GRATZ :)

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:58pm
  12. FABULOUS!! :)

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:02pm
  13. congrats!!! you deserve it, dude!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:16pm
  14. Heyooooo George

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:18pm
  15. He´s the bomb.

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:04am
  16. My, oh, myyyyy! Love it!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:19am
  17. Great guy…!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:23am
  18. Well deserved!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:41am
  19. oh myyyyyyyyyyyyy…..congratulations mr. takei!!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:08am
  20. congrats george , you represent us better than any!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:31am
  21. and rightfully so!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:33am
  22. Zulu!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 2:36am
  23. SuperFabuloustastical

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 2:55am
  24. Super!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 3:19am
  25. This is good

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 3:23am
  26. George Takei you are amazing!!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 3:44am
  27. yay George!

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 3:45am
  28. you go George.

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 4:35am
  29. Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 6:02am
  30. Oh myyyy! Congrats George. Well deserved :-)

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 6:19am
  31. Kevin Brown

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:29am
  32. Well deserved. A living hero :)

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:55am
  33. way to go George

    Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 9:01am